There’s no better place to fulfill your life-long dream of building a log home than on the vast expanses of terra firma up for grabs around
This area, just north of
The history of
More recently, equally notable “creatures” left their footprints around town. The last stop on the Santa Fe Trail, this once-unnamed campsite first drew traders on their way to
But it was the discovery of coal in the mid-1800s that changed the face of
For the past few years,
What’s It Like to Live Here?
Those who have relocated to the area all have one common comment: You can’t beat Western hospitality.
How’s the Weather?
What could be better than more than 300 days of sunshine per year, winter temperatures that rarely fall below freezing
and a summer with mild, dry air? With its ideal location on the front wall of the Rocky Mountains,
The coldest month of the year is January with an average high of 48 degrees; summer temperatures can reach into the 90s, with low humidity. Snow bunnies will thrive in
Warm weather frequently continues well into the fall, but when winter does finally arrive, the cold air and snow don’t stick around long enough to make a significant impact. This makes the area quite accessible all year via Interstate 25. With no mountain pass to cross, Trinidad is a convenient weekend retreat for people living in
What to Do, What to Do
The great outdoors seems to be a favorite pastime of residents, who sit on their front porches and take in the majestic views from their private havens. But, if you’re up for a little more excitement, you’ll easily find a variety of activities to pass the time.
Despite its small population (a mere 9,000 residents),
You may also want to spend time exploring the old coal camps that made
Be sure to take the two-hour drive along Colorado Highway 12, known as the
The breathtaking 14,000-foot Pikes Peak and the Garden of the
The Southwest is known for its spicy dishes, and
For a truly special night out, Charlie Barks and Barb Sandgren of Adobe Gold Properties recommend dinner and jazz music at Aly’s Fireside Cafe in Walsenburg. In
Location, Location, Location
When looking for the perfect spot to build a log home, you’re spoiled for choice around
If you’re looking for a large piece of terrain, you’ve come to the right place. Early settlers were given 160 acres under the Homestead Act of 1862, but as families grew and generations passed, the land was often combined and ranches comprising thousands of acres were created. Descendants of the homesteaders are now finding it hard to make a living from such large ranches so they are subdividing and selling.
Today, the smallest parcel you can buy in
The cost of land varies depending on where you’re interested in settling, but it’s still an unbelievable value. The closer you are to town or a ski area, the more it’s going to cost you. Also, if the land is pastoral and full of trees, expect to pay much more-it’s probably just the acreage everyone is after!
Another key feature to look for is the amount of surface water on the land; it’s usually hard to find. If the property you’re considering has a creek or stream, snatch it up right away.
Joanne Poesch is a freelance travel writer from Ashburn, Virginia. While her specialty has been international locales, she is thrilled to discover all the “Great Places” North America has to offer.
Trinidad, Colorado was featured in the April 2004 issue of Log Home Living.